Town of Branford

Job Title: Assessor

Salary: $100,918

Hours: 40 hours per week, Monday -Friday

Application Deadline: Open until Filled


The Town of Branford is a beautiful shoreline community with a residential population of over 28,000 and a growing commercial property base,_Connecticut . If you are looking to join a progressive senior leadership team as an experienced Tax Assessor, the Town of Branford would like to hear from you.

Please email your resume and cover letter: CAREERS@BRANFORD-CT.GOV

Position Purpose:
The purposes of this position are to direct and administer the valuation of real estate, personal property and motor vehicles; performs field investigations and inspections required to properly evaluate property; to establish and prepare annual Town Grand Lists. The work involves analysis and calculations; answering customer inquiries and directing the office staff. The Assessor is required to exercise considerable independent judgment in administering and conducting the assessment of real, personal property, and motor vehicles and is responsible for maintaining and improving upon the efficiency and effectiveness of all areas under his/her direction and control. Supervises a staff of four and other vendors/consultants as needed.

  • Plans, directs, supervises and participates in the valuing/assessment of all taxable and non-taxable real estate, motor vehicle and personal property to establish the Grand List.
  • Conducts physical inspection and re-inspection of existing properties, improved properties, and properties under construction to determine their value.
  • Prepare, calculate and publish annual Grand Lists, including assessment, names and addresses, geographic designations and descriptions. Reconcile the Grand Lists with Tax Collector’s records prior to the issuance of tax bills.
  • Prepare and submit all State mandated monthly and annual reports to the Office of Policy and Management, including sales ratios, elderly, disabled and veteran reimbursements and reports for State reimbursements.
  • Develop and write Request for Proposals for town-wide revaluation. Review bid proposals and direct the selection process, including research, references and demonstrations.
  • Conduct revaluations every five years in accordance with State Statues; monitor the process, including sales data, property inspection, software conversion, fair market values, final assessments and informal hearings. Certify the accuracy to the State of CT.
  • Supervise the preparation and verify the accuracy of assessment lists including update for property transfers, address changes, additions, and death notices. Supervise motor vehicle assessment pro-rations and exemption changes
  • Maintain individual property records, including valuation information, plot plans subdivisions, and changes in names and addresses.
  • Review and approve exempt applications for elderly, disabled, blind, veteran and manufacturing programs.
  • Maintain, update and produce annual Assessor tax maps, including review and interpretation of survey maps filed with the Town Clerk.
  • Handle Appeals of Valuation through Court Appeals with Town Attorney and Appraisers and taxpayers within State Statues.
  • Interpret CT General Statues pertaining to assessment practices, to include rules of valuation, exemption qualification, record keeping and public notification.
  • Perform residential home inspections, including island properties, resulting from building permits for new construction, additions and renovations in order to keep assessments up to date.
  • Develops department policies, procedures, and assigns, trains, supervises, counsels and evaluates staff. Consults with, Human Resources on such personnel actions as hiring, termination, and discipline; assure safe working conditions for employees
  • Prepare and administer operating budget for department; present budget to appropriate Boards, First Selectman and RTM. Authorizes all invoices for departmental expenditures. Is responsible for oversight of expenditures and operating the Department within the approved budget limits. Develops databases and spreadsheets to track transactions.
  • Maintain the Department’s Web Site for public access to records, including field cards and sales records.
  • Comply with OSHA.

Other Functions:

  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.
  • Continue professional development to maintain CCMA I or II designation.
  • Assist other departments, offices or staff as needed to promote a team effort to serve the public

Supervision Scope: Performs responsible duties requiring independent judgment and initiative in planning, organizing and directing the assessor functions. Also performs a wide variety of special professional, technical and administrative responsibilities requiring an extensive knowledge of automated and manual property assessment systems and techniques, the appropriate application of the many assessment variables to discrete parcels to produce the Grand List and to manage the office.

Supervision Received: Works under the direction of the First Selectman; follows established polices and state statutes and codes where appropriate. Makes reports to the Board of Assessors and Board of Finance

Supervision Given: Supervises the Assistant and Associate Assessors, Technician and Clerks, developing job direction, assigning tasks, providing instructions, as needed and monitoring performance.

Minimum Required Qualifications:
Education, Training and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in business, accounting or related field; over 4 years of real estate, field work, and valuation experience, personal property and motor vehicle valuation experience, Municipal experience including two years’ experience with public contact; or any equivalent combination of education, training and work experience.

Special Requirements:

Certified Connecticut Municipal Assessor I or II (CCMA)
Valid CT Driver’s License required.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill:

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of property valuation and assessment
  • Thorough knowledge of assessment laws, rules and regulations, and various assessment methods;
  • Thorough knowledge of state laws and statutory requirements related to real and personal property assessment
  • Knowledge of court proceedings, including stipulated agreements
  • Thorough knowledge of data processing techniques and applications in valuation and assessment administration.

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